08/01/2012 7:05PM

Benburb, Canada's Horse of the Year in 1992, euthanized


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Benburb, Canada's 1992 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old, died Wednesday at Hagyard Equine Medical Center here. A 23-year-old Dr. Carter gelding, Benburb was euthanized because of complications from melanoma, the Old Friends equine retirement facility announced.

During his championship season, Benburb defeated his Queen's Plate vanquisher, Alydeed, in the pair's next race, taking the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie by a half- length. He also won the Grade 2 Molson Export Million Stakes and finished second in the Grade 3 Eclipse Handicap. After winning his Sovereign Awards, he came back at 4 to win the Durham Cup and place in Canada's Fair Play Breeders' Cup Stakes and Kentucky's Turfway Championship Handicap. Benburb also was stakes-placed at 2, thanks to a third-place finish in the Coronation Futurity at Woodbine. He won 7 of his 22 starts and finished second twice and third four times. He collected earnings of $1,159,949.

Knob Hill Stables, which also campaigned Benburb, bred him from their Vice Regent mare Rosedon. She also produced stakes-winner Lady Aloma, by Cozzene.

Benburb had resided at Old Friends in central Kentucky since 2008, when Perkins-Mackey Stables manager Catherine Perkins donated him. "We're so happy Benny got to live out his life as a champion," Perkins said in a statement issued by Old Friends.

"We were really blessed to have retired Benburb," Old Friends founder Michael Blowen said. "He was the kindest of them all. He was farm manager Janet Beyersdorfer's favorite, so he was the teacher's pet. When his time came, we returned his kindness. And he was grateful. He is irreplaceable."


pisgah mountain trailriders snowmobile club More than 1 year ago
Thanks Michael Blowen, and to all the horse retirers and rescuers for your vision and true compassion for the racing Thoroughbred. Too too often, our herald for these heros is over the first time they don't win again. These horses have personality, can't control their own destiny, yet reward evryone connected to them, right from their owner, trainer, groom to us the fan. When they are this good to us, we must return the favor